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Golden Rice and Other GMO Fairy Tales

Golden Rice and Other GMO Fairy Tales
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The golden rice that was supposed to cure Vitamin A deficiencies and save a million children a year turns out to be something less than a miracle. On August 23rd, Dr. Michael Hansen told legislators at the House of Representatives a child would have to eat 10 kilograms of it every day to reach the minimum daily requirement. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promotes it for developing countries.

In 2009, South African farmers suffered huge losses when Monsanto’s GM seeds failed to produce. Mexico refused to allow GM maize for years, but in March 2011 the government inserted a wedge into its resistance by approving a Monsanto pilot project. In early June 2011, Kenya approved importing of genetically modified maze, in spite of the protests of Kenyan farmers.

The litany goes on. An increasing body of research shows genetically modified crops to be the wrong answer to the question of how to feed the world. Yet proponents of biotechnology continue to insist GM crops are the only way to address climate change, environmental degradation and hunger. They slap an “anti-science” label on anyone who suggests this agricultural emperor has no clothes. They blame activists and regulators for slowing down their life-saving, planet-rescuing technology.

They need not waste their breath about regulators. President Obama invited foxes into the food henhouse. When Tom Vilsack took over the post of Secretary of Agriculture, he brought along his friendly relationship with Monsanto executives. In early 2011, the USDA opened the doors to completely unregulated planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa.

The Food and Drug Administration’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods is no other than Michael Taylor, who was an outside attorney for Monsanto before he became their vice president.  Jeffrey Smith wrote, “He had also been the counsel for the International Food Biotechnology Council (IFBC), for whom he drafted a model of government policy designed to rush GMOs onto the market with no significant regulations. The final FDA policy that he oversaw, which did not require any safety tests or labeling, closely resembled the model he had drafted for the IFBC.”

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5:29AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012


9:12AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Grazie delle informazioni.

10:45PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

This is exactly what the tobacco industry did. It forsaw the decline of its product use in the United State and went on a (successful) campaign to sell their product to third world countries. They were able to do this successfully largely due to Senator(ex) Bob Dole(R). He actually told the President of the Philipines if they wanted the aid package from the U.S. they had to accept U.S. tobacco to be sold in their country. This is how the U. S. manipulates poor countries. Now nearly 50% of Philipine boy 8-14 yrs old are habitual smokers.

12:12PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Should the US government pressure developing countries and trading partners to adopt GMO crops?

I think the US government has no business pressuring any other country until it cleans up it's own mess on this issue, such as allowing seed control, allowing food to not be labeled as containing genetically engineered contents, allowing companies to brainwash children with their bias information on biotechnology, etc.. Bill Gates is wealthy for a reason and that is through profitability on anything he is involved with. Monsanto is no different with profit being #1, and it's through supply and demand is why they exist.

4:57PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Just keep spreading the word on unhealthy GMO's, Educate people,childern,schools. GMO's cause health problems, Try your best to live your lives with out GMO's. Thank you all for helping make this place a better one. Take Care.

9:19PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Oh dear. Noted.

7:12PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Monsanto is EVIL!!!

7:01AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

So now the government is an operating arm of Monsanto.

7:13PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Go away, Monsanto

2:20AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

No to GMO! Stop fooling the people!

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